From the still smoldering cinders of NYC gunk-punk fuck-ups Livids, MORAL PANIC stomps brazenly on the scene and bears the torch on their debut self-titled LP. You heard that right Mack! Ex-Livids geetard mangler Daniel Kelley and drumkit crusher Gregory Collins’ latest gang is in annihilating New Bomb Turks / Teengenerate attack mode, with a heady nod to Canadian power-pop obscuros The Nils on their most blistering cover of “Fountains.” Middle fingers are planted fast and firmly in the faces of back stabbers on “Harbor Fitness,” while paeans to tripodial felines bring a welcome smirk on “Ghost Leg.” Twenty minutes of breakneck punk fracas that you’ll be flipping over before you have a chance to load a bowl... Slovenly style!
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
The guitar solo has been a staple of rock music since the beginning. Although it's been maligned in recent years, people still seem to enjoy a good guitar solo now and then. This week Lou and Keith discuss the most influential guitar solos of all time. Featured Loudini Artists: Flying Joes Mississippi Bones Redefined Reflection
Based in Montréal, Canada, Flying Joes evoke the raw power of pure 70’s rock, inspired by an authentic blues sensibility. Formed in January 2014, the trio of Syd Bedard (bass, vocals), JF Arsenault (guitar) and Chris Savoie (drums) has a contagious energy both live and on record. Bolstered by their modern rock sound, their festive roadtrip songs call to mind classic bands like Led Zeppelin and The Black Crowes.
In September 2015 Flying Joes has released their debut album “Let it out” recorded with Award winning producer Glen Robinson (AC/DC, The Ramones, Keith Richards, BB King) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, The Black Crowes, Soundgarden). Only a year and a half after their debut, the band has played close to 200 live shows. “Let It Out” was on the Top 25 Rock Albums of ITunes only a week after it’s release.
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Montreal, QC, Canada
Everything comes from the soul
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Hailing from the flat lands of Hardin County, Ohio, Mississippi Bones have established themselves as a rock n roll force to be reckoned with. In the two years since the release of their self titled debut album, this gargantuan six piece has infected the world with their foot tappin grooves and Southern swamp sludge. With the release of their follow up, “Tracks,” they once again take you on a trip you won’t soon forget. Armed with a barrel full of massive riffs and sharp tongued lyrics, the Bones will soak your soul with rock n roll and leave you reminded why rock is right.
Hardin County, Ohio
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Jared Collins- Vocals
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Hardin County, Ohio
Fat Slabs O'Rock!
For Redefined Reflection, what started as a group of three friends dreaming about making music and touring nationally is now becoming a reality. Long time friends Lana Brooks (bass/vocals) and Colin Robinson (drums) had been in search of a lead vocalist and guitar player for a few years trying to start up a band.
The group added lead vocalist and guitarist, Brittney Waddle, in February of 2013 after seeing her Facebook post about guitars, amps, and writing original songs.
Hailing from Little Rock, AR, they are an eclectic mix of their own individual fusions of hard rock sounds with influences shining in their music from punk rock to modern and classic rock. Some influences include: Halestorm, Metallica, Joan Jett, Bullet For My Valentine, Sublime, Led Zeppelin, Sex Pistols, Def Leppard, Pantera, Evanescence, Black Sabbath, Ramones, Slipknot, Chevelle, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana.
Now in Winter of 2014, they have recorded their debut 5 Track EP, "No Turning Back Now", at Red Room Studios with multi-platinum recording artist John LeCompt (Evanescence, Machina, We Are The Fallen). They have performed at many local venues in the Central Arkansas/Western Tennessee area - several in which they have shared the stage with national headling touring bands (Blameshift, The Midnight Ghost Train, Losing September, Girl On Fire). They have also just been announced as semi-finalists in the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase and will perform at their semi-finalist round January 29th, 2015 at Stickyz Rock-N-Roll Chicken Shack in Little Rock, AR. The band is currently working on new material and planning a Summer 2015 tour schedule. They have also recently released a music video for their newest single, "Violent". Their EP is currently available for digital download on iTunes or Amazon. You can also stream it on Spotify, or purchase a physical copy from their official webstore.
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Little Rock, AR
We keep our minds open to all kinds of music. You can find inspiration anywhere.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
He’s toured the world, had hit records, appeared on Saturday Night Live and American Bandstand, opened for the Rolling Stones, jammed with Bruce Springsteen, won the ASCAP and Midem Awards for his worldwide #1 hit JEOPARDY and THE BREAKUP SONG, was parodied by Weird Al Yankovic, lived the rock star lifestyle to the hilt, won and lost several fortunes, and lived to tell about it. But music is only part of the story.
In the 90’s Greg turned his attention to writing fiction. He published four novels, a handful of short stories in various anthologies, and edited a compilation of original fiction by famous musicians. HORROR SHOW was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel.
It was also in the 90’s that he began his radio career. After a year of seven-midnight, Greg spent sixteen years hosting the top-rated morning show for KFOX radio in San Jose/San Francisco. He also hosted and performed at the annual KIHNCERT at the Shoreline Amphitheater featuring some of the most important bands of our generation.
Greg was inducted into the San Jose Rock Hall Of Fame in 2008 and the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2012.
Greg recently retained the rights to all his old recordings and is currently re-releasing his entire catalogue with the original artwork. The New Yorker recently described Greg’s music as having “a high degree of intelligence and subtlety.” The recent review of the Greg Kihn Band’s Greatest Hits by Apple iTunes called the group “a rock band of genuine consequence.” The band continues to tour with Greg’s son Ry Kihn replacing Joe Satriani on lead guitar.
Greg maintains a strong Internet presence with professional website design and social media managed by Michael Brandvold Marketing. Thousands of fans engage him daily on Facebook and Twitter. Greg also retains a cutting-edge publicist, Christopher Buttner at PrthatRocks.com, the lauded San Francisco based PR agency voted Best Publicist Of The Year by the National Association of Record Industry Professionals.
RUBBER SOUL is Greg’s most recent novel. This completely unique murder mystery features the Beatles as characters in the story. The idea came while interviewing original Beatles drummer Pete Best. Greg asked where the Beatles got those rare American R&B 45’s that constituted their early repertoire. Pete revealed that it was from Merchant Marines who carried the records back to Liverpool from America. That gave him the inspiration for the character “Dust Bin Bob” who befriends the Beatles from their penniless early days to the height of Beatlemania. The story climaxes with an assassination attempt in Manila during their world tour in 1966.
Through interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Geoff Emerick (engineer), Alf Bicknell (driver), Yoko Ono and Patti Harrison, Greg got invaluable insights into the inner world of the Beatles. Even though RUBBER SOUL is a work of fiction, it is 100% historically accurate.
After a lifetime of rock & roll, and decades on the road and behind the microphone, no one else but Greg Kihn could have written this story.
January 2008 - District Records
The Hair Stays (You Go!) EP
March 2009 - MegaPlatinum Records
The Nuclears LP
April 2011 - MegaPlatinum Records
"Myrtle Ave At 4:00AM" single
April 2012 - MegaPlatinum Records
"Up All Nite" single
August 2012 - MegaPlatinum Records
"Baby You Know I Love You (But You Gotta Stop Bringing Me Down" single
December 2012 - Independent
Released as a split A-side with the Bottom Dollars
Featuring Briana Layon
The Nuclears II: Special Champion Edition LP
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Spinal Tap, Wyld Stallyns, Zack Attack, The New Rod Torfulson's Armada featuring Herman Menderchuck, Stillwater, Kathleen Turner Overdrive, Maxwell Demon, MYSTERY, The Shitty Beatles, Crucial Taunt, Creation, Steel Dragon, the Lone Rangers, Wyckyd Sceptre, and some real groups too
Saturday, April 8, 2017
California Breed Albany Down
Diemonds calls downtown Toronto their home, but they live for criss-crossing the continent for weeks on end, armed with little more than their brand of original hard rock, their gear and a dream. With their 3rd album ‘Never Wanna Die’ slated for worldwide release Summer 2015, the band continues to modernize their heavy rock n' roll sound. This time, multiple Juno award-winner Eric Ratz (Monster Truck, Billy Talent) is in the producer chair. Remaining true to their sound, Diemonds takes lyrics that speak to the outcasts, wild childs, and misfits, and combines them with a hard-hitting live show, taking cues from the greats they look up to.
Priya Panda, the bands front woman, is the sultry singer that the music world has never been so poised for. Every time she steps on stage she walks the indeterminable fine line between class and crass. With her larger-than-life presence, she breaks every cultural, social, gender and sexual boundary known to hard rock. If the ever growing legions of the band's loyal following, known as "Die-Hards", are any indication, Priya and the rest of her bandmates are firmly carving their own path in music and hoards of rock fans are already along for the ride.
Never Wanna Die - Juno-nominated for Heavy Metal album of the year
Best Underground Artist of the Year - High Times Magazine Doobie Awards
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Built around the foundation of legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes and drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham, with the addition of the 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer Andrew Watt, as Hughes says: “California Breed is real rock’n’roll – but made for right now.”
One listen to standout tracks like first single ‘Midnight Oil’ will confirm that. Deeper grooves than a monster tyre track, more funk than a roomful of bad-asses, this is rock that knows how to roll. That writes its’ own rules. That just don’t care, baby.
But that’s only one side of the story. On the flip you’ve got something like ‘All Falls Down’, a song so beautiful, so soulful and strange and touched by magic, it will make your radio cry.
As Andrew Watt says: “Getting to play with these legends has given me wings. I don’t really believe in luck. For me, luck is when preparation meets opportunity. And if you’re prepared and you’re met with the opportunity, you rise to the occasion. That’s what California Breed has been like for me. So that we’ve come out with something I’m really, really proud of.”
And when Watt calls Hughes and Bonham ‘legends’, he ain’t kidding. The breakout star of mid-70s Deep Purple, the man they call the Voice of Rock, Glenn Hughes has spent the subsequent years working with the biggest legends in music, as a solo star, and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire – up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion, which included Bonham.
As the son of Zeppelin legend John Bonham, Jason has followed his own distinctive path over the years, fronting his own successful outfits like Bonham, and playing with Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Heart and, most recently, movie composer Hans Zimmer.
When Black Country Communion disbanded Hughes and Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. They're only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality. Easier said than done for these stars who between them have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history – including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few.
Then fate took a hand in things when Glenn’s friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt.
“Literally, the first day me and Andrew got together we wrote two songs,” recalls Glenn. “One was ‘Chemical Rain’ and the other was ‘Solo’, both of which are now on the finished album. I was so moved by the music, I said, ‘We’ve got to record this!’ That’s when I called Jason.”
“I was excited from the start,’ says Jason, “because apart from locking in as a rhythm section, Glenn and I had started writing together in BCC, and we wanted to continue that.”
“There was such energy in the room the first time we all played together, me and Glenn didn’t even have to talk about it,” says Jason. “He was so exited to be playing, though, it was infectious! He was just on stage! No going through the motions, kicking the chair over, everything! I was like, you know what, this kid is a free spirit. It was cool, we all just clicked straight away.”
“Nothing though has gotten into my blood like California Breed,” says Glenn. “I feel the same way,” says Jason, “I feel like a kid again starting out.”
Recording with Dave Cobb at the producer’s own studio in Nashville, added all the finishing touches, says Glenn.
“I’d gotten into Dave’s work via the Rival Sons, who I know and really love. But Dave has done a lot of great stuff. That whole Nashville trip which Dave is a part of. Well, me and Jason don’t want to sound like anyone else, we already sound like ourselves, but we felt we needed some fresh energy – and Dave absolutely brought it.”
At Cobb’s insistence, every vocal was recorded live as the band was playing. “Totally the reverse of what I’m used to,” says Glenn. “But I went into that aggressive rock soulfulness and everything down to the whispers, it was all done live! I enjoyed myself so much, just going for it.”
For what is on paper a three-piece, the sheer range of sounds and melodies you get from California Breed are breathtaking.
“I’m the oddball of the group but I’m the thing that makes us different from any other classic rock band. I grew up loving grunge music,” explains Andrew. “But my father always played me The Who and The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. I always felt like I was in the wrong generation. I used to make rock music on my own and I’d play all the instruments because I could never find anyone my age that really got it the way I heard it. Then I got to play with Jason and Glenn and I haven’t picked up anything but a guitar since!”
“What we’ve got here is a kid who isn’t a hammer-on, virtuoso,” says Glenn, “but a whole new entity. This kid grew up listening to Mick Ronson on Bowie’s records, as well as Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin. He has a completely different take. And it’s fresh and bold and so exciting. It just gets into your blood.”
That’s the thing about breeds. They go all the way back, in order to bring forth something new. Be the first to hitch your horse to the California Breed wagon.
They’re heading straight for the bright colored sun…
Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt have chosen ex Queens of the Stone Age/ Eagles of Death Metal drummer JOEY CASTILLO as the drummer for all upcoming live dates when it became clear that Jason Bonham’s professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the band. As Glenn Hughes says “We’re just excited to play live, to tour, to be in front of and with our fans. We’re very proud of our debut record and we can’t wait to share it, live and loud, with you.”
Albany Down are Paul Muir on vocals, guitarist Paul Turley, drummer Donna Peters and bassist Billy Dedman and they have already recorded two albums with award-winning producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, INME, Super Furry Animals).
“These guys are really going somewhere; make sure they take you with them!" – Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2
The band is a hard-working, road-tested outfit, which has been well received at various UK festivals including the Maryport International Rock and Blues Festival; The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival (Colne); and The Great British Rock and Blues Festival (Skegness); as well as at venues like Barfly Camden and the legendary 100 Club.
In 2014, they toured the UK supporting New Jersey’s Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, which included the highlight of their year when they played at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. This was followed by appearances at festivals in Belgium and the Netherlands before a very successful tour of Germany with The Brew.
Blues Rock Review offered a fair assessment of both the band and their 2011 debut album: “South of the City” is a solid debut album from Albany Down and they will be an interesting band to watch develop in the coming years”. The album clearly showcased what the band are capable of – ranging from the superbly arranged “Mercy” to the low-down dirty, slide-led blues epic of the title track.
Their formidable second album, “Not Over Yet”, released in 2013, is full of their strongest songs, lingering melodies and great musicianship. And where vocalist Paul Muir could previously have been compared to the likes of Paul Rodgers, he stamps his own personality on this album, while guitarist Paul Turley produces a virtuoso impassioned performance. Traditionally a band’s second album is regarded as being problematical but Albany Down turned that notion on its head.
Their live show never disappoints. The band run on pure adrenalin, unrelenting energy and raw emotion and soon have any crowd entranced. The music is based on thunderous guitar riffs and pounding drums juxtaposed with soulful, soaring, emotionally-charged ballads.
Rock blogger Neil Mach probably got it right, when he recently described the band; “As hot as volcanic ash and yet as cool as snow slippers.”
“Not Over Yet” is an aptly titled album and an accurate barometer of a band on the up-escalator currently tearing up venues around the UK and Europe. Having already generated over 7,500 Facebook fans, the band are due to start work on their third studio album in 2015.
Both Albany Down albums, “South of The City” (2011) and “Not Over Yet” (2013) are available for download on iTunes and Amazon.
“Albany Down is the new voice of British rock music. A blend of contemporary rock and blues – with added brilliance on top. See for yourself.”
Make sure you try to catch a live show in 2015. You won't be disappointed!
Saturday, April 1, 2017
SATE [definition]: Satisfy a desire to the full.
Rock and roll fans, SATE knows your desires and she is prepared to give you more than you can handle.
With her trademark black lips and platinum Mohawk, the Toronto vocalist and songwriter leads a dynamic band combining blistering hard rock with gritty funk. The empowering messages embedded in her music, and her soul-shaking live show, have quickly built SATE’s reputation as an artist impossible to ignore. Even Canada’s national daily newspaper, the Globe & Mail, declared her full-length debut album, RedBlack&Blue one of 2016’s most anticipated releases.
The build up to RedBlack&Blue has been underway for over a year, starting with a hugely successful Pledgemusic campaign that helped produce three digital-only independent EPs. RedBlack&Blue was then compiled from what donors chose as their favourite 10 tracks from these releases. Among the standout songs are the potent first taste, “Warrior,” and the hard driving single “What Did I Do,” the video for which premiered exclusively at Ebony.com.
It only takes seeing SATE in concert once to feel the impact of everything she represents. Toronto’s NOW Magazine described her as having “a tornado of a stage presence,” while Lithium’s live reviewer proclaimed, “I can tell you sincerely that she is one of the most resounding artists I’ve heard.” When each show inevitably reaches its climax with the indelible image of SATE, fist in the air, and an entire audience raising its hands in unity, the full spectrum of human emotions—anger, joy, vulnerability—suddenly comes into sharp focus through the music.
RedBlack&Blue is the natural result of that live experience, and the culmination of a lifetime spent fully immersed in music of all forms and shades. As the daughter of Canadian blues and jazz pioneer Salome Bey, SATE learned at the feet of countless music legends that passed through Toronto during her childhood. She soon found her own voice by adding the sounds and attitudes of punk and hard rock that shaped her own identity and set her upon her journey.
That journey is in fact only just beginning. The release of RedBlack&Blue will finally introduce SATE to a wider world clamoring for new voices to pick up the torch passed down from our rapidly disappearing rock and roll elders. SATE was born to bear that responsibility, and in the end, everyone will be sated.
Growing up in Varberg,
a small town on the west coast of Sweden,
Roger, Thomas and Tobias were all rehearsing at the same place,
though in different bands,
exept for the occasional weekend jamsession.
In their mid teens, Roger and Thomas moved
to pursue their musical carreer elsewhere,
Roger to the east and Thomas to the north,
while Tobias continued his back home.
Some learnful years of touring and recording albums
with all kinds of different acts later,
they met up again in Varberg for a
Jimi Hendrix tribute concert in 2001,
and after a successful performance the guys simply
came to the conclusion that they should start a band.
Roger came up with the name Kamchatka,
and the band was formed.
A few years later, after saving up enough money,
they decided to record an album in their own studio
(which has been developing ever since),
with the help of an old friend of Roger's,
Nicholas Elgstrand, who recorded,
mixed and produced it together with the band.
Bullen & Sillen, friends of the band, mastered it
at Studio Mega in Valinge, just outside of Varberg.
An old friend of Thomas', Per Wiberg,
who also designed the album cover,
hooked them up with a New York based indie label
called Grooveyard Records,
where the first Kamchatka album was released January 1st 2005.
After about a year of an occasional gig here and there,
which were all well recieved, the guys started to get restless,
so they decided to record another album,
subsequently known as "Volume II",
this time recording it themselves on an eight-track,
Tobias bringing the technichal expertise.
Once again they called in Nicholas to help mix and produce,
but this time mastered it themselves,
lending the gear from Jonas Eckerström,
another old friend of the band,
mainly with Tobias behind the controls.
Per, again, standing for the artwork.
It was released on Grooveyard Records in January 2007.
After yet another year of an occasional gig here and there
(there is a serious lack of venues to play at in sweden),
they had started recording their third album
when the American rockband Clutch,
whom they had opened a few gigs for in Sweden in 2007,
invited Kamchatka to open for them on their US-tour,
which gave the guys their first opportunity to proove themselves
to the American audience. After 21 successful performances
they returned back home to complete "Volume III",
Tobias standing for the technical expertise,
and Per Wiberg adding his magic,
this time both with beautiful keyboards,and magnificent artwork.
It was mastered by Johan Eckerblad at Mintelligence Studios and
released on Swedish label Superpuma Records
at the beginning of March, 2009.
In November 2009 Kamchatka were once again invited by Clutch to open for them,
this time on a month long tour of 23 gigs throughout western Europe.
2010 Kamchatka first and foremost focused on the writing of their fourth album.
It was recorded and mixed in their very own Shrimpmonkey Studios,
once again mainly with Tobias behind the controls,
during the winter and spring of 2010/2111,
and mastered by Johan Eckerblad at Mintelligence Studios.
Like on the previous albums, the cover art is the work of Per Wiberg,
who also appears on keyboards on one of the songs.
The album was released September 5th on GMR.
Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN IS A ROCK AND ROLL BAND BORN OF NASHVILLE, TN. THEIR SOUND IS A SOULFUL PATCHWORK OF ROOTS-INFUSED MELODIES AND MUSCULAR RIFFS, ALL WOVEN TIGHTLY WITH THE THREAD OF THEIR ALTERNATIVE PSYCHEDELIC MYSTIQUE. IT’S AS RAMBUNCTIOUS, RAW AND REAL AS ROCK & ROLL GETS THESE DAYS.
A NATIVE OF HONEY GROVE, TX, TYLER CUT HIS TEETH ON GREATS SUCH AS LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS & FREDDIE KING. BRYANT STUDIED THE BLUES UNDER ROOSEVELT TWITTY SR. AND BELIEVES THAT THE SOUL IN ROOTS MUSIC IS WHAT PUTS THE “ROLL” IN ROCK & ROLL.
AT SEVENTEEN, TYLER MOVED TO NASHVILLE TO WRITE SONGS AND START A BAND. THERE HE MET DRUMMER CALEB CROSBY AND THEY BECAME FAST FRIENDS. “THE INSTANT WE STARTED PLAYING,” CALEB SAYS, “I KNEW WE WERE GOING TO START A BAND. WE PLAYED OUR FIRST SHOW A WEEK LATER AND HAVEN’T STOPPED SINCE.” TOGETHER THEY FORMED WHAT WOULD BECOME THE SHAKEDOWN.
GRAHAM WHITFORD, A ROCKER KID FROM BOSTON, WAS INTRODUCED TO TYLER AS THE GUY WHO COULD PUT HIM OUT OF A JOB. AS SOON AS TYLER HEARD GRAHAM PLAY, HE ASKED HIM TO JOIN THE BAND AND MOVE TO NASHVILLE RIGHT AWAY.
NOAH DENNEY WAS THE FINAL ADDITION TO THE SHAKEDOWN. “HIS BASS SOUND SCARED ME AND HE ADDED AN EDGE AND ATTITUDE TO THE BAND THAT WE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WE NEEDED,” SAYS BRYANT. TYLER TOURED AS A SOLO ARTIST FOR A SPELL, PLAYING ERIC CLAPTON’S CROSSROADS FESTIVAL IN CHICAGO, RECEIVING THE ROBERT JOHNSON FOUNDATION’S NEW GENERATION AWARD, AND SHARING THE STAGE WITH ACTS SUCH AS B.B. KING & JOHNNY WINTER.
“PLAYING ON MY OWN WAS COOL, BUT I REALLY WANTED A GROUP OF FRIENDS I COULD HANG AND MAKE MUSIC WITH,” SAYS BRYANT. “THE MORE TIME I SPENT WITH THE GUYS IN THE SHAKEDOWN, THE MORE THEY STARTED TO FEEL LIKE MY BROTHERS. NOW I CAN'T IMAGINE MAKING MUSIC WITH ANYONE ELSE.”
IN 2013 THE BAND RELEASED “WILD CHILD,” THEIR FIRST FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, WHICH WAS FEATURED IN ROLLING STONE, NYLON MAGAZINE, PASTE MAGAZINE, INTERVIEW, AND MANY MORE. THE BAND MADE ITS TELEVISION DEBUT ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE RECORD THAT HELPED GAIN THEM A CULT LIKE FOLLOWING.
TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN RECENTLY INKED A DEAL WITH JOHN VARVATOS/REPUBLIC RECORDS AND GOT RIGHT INTO THE STUDIO WITH CELEBRATED PRODUCER/ENGINEER, VANCE POWELL (JACK WHITE, SEASICK STEVE).
THE BANDS NEW EP, THE WAYSIDE, WILL BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 13TH. THE FIRST SINGLE, "LOADED DICE & BURIED MONEY" IS A RAW, UNHINGED REMINDER THAT SOME THINGS AREN'T ALWAYS WHAT WE PERCEIVE THEM TO BE.
"WHEN YOU GIVE EVERYTHING YOU'VE GOT TO SOMETHING, YOU HOPE IT WON'T LET YOU FALL BY THE WAYSIDE,” EXPLAINS BRYANT. “THIS ALBUM WAS INSPIRED BY TIMES WHERE THE FEELING OF HAVING NOTHING FELT OVERWHELMING. IN THOSE MOMENTS, MUSIC OFFERED US AN ESCAPE. IT GAVE US SOMETHING THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH MONEY OR DISSOLVING RELATIONSHIPS, AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH FREEDOM AND EXPRESSION.”
THE SHAKEDOWN HAS EARNED THEIR STRIPES BY TOURING THE COUNTRY AND WINNING FANS ONE AT A TIME. WHETHER PLAYING A DINGY ROCK & ROLL CLUB, TOURING THE COUNTRY WITH JEFF BECK & ZZ TOP, OR OPENING FOR AEROSMITH, THIS IS A BAND THAT IS PROUD TO BE LOUD AND DEDICATED TO LEAVING IT ALL ON WHATEVER STAGE THEY SET FOOT ON.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Jesse Colin Young is an American singer and songwriter. He was a founding member and lead singer of the 1960s group the Youngbloods.
Born: 22 November 1941 (age 75 years), Queens, New York City, New York, United States
Music group: The Youngbloods
Jesse Colin Young, critically acclaimed solo artist and lead singer of the legendary classic rock band, The Youngbloods, took the nation by storm when The Youngblood’s single GET TOGETHER became a worldwide Top 10 hit and a prominent soundtrack for peace. After seven group releases, Young began the production of more than 15 acclaimed solo albums including SONG FOR JULI, LIGHT SHINE, SONGBIRD and a live album with his great touring band titled ON THE ROAD. This year, he releases the most comprehensive collection of his music to date – THE VERY BEST OF JESSE COLIN YOUNG. For the first-time ever, songs from his solo career as well as hits from The Youngbloods are available in one package.
Jesse was born and raised in Queens, New York in 1941, and his earliest family memories are filled with the joy of music and celebration. His mother was a violinist who had a beautiful singing voice of perfect pitch, and his father was a Harvard- educated accountant with a passion for classical music. Along with his older sister, the family spent evenings gathered around the piano singing Harvard fight songs and other lively tunes.
At 15, the talented student won a scholarship to Phillips Andover, the all boys prep school in Massachusetts. The rigorous curriculum and strict discipline the school required ultimately resulted in Jesse being kicked out of the exclusive academy – an event which forever changed the course of his life. The blues were calling his name and the next few years were spent exploring the music of T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters for inspiration and consolation.
Jesse Colin Young recorded his first album in 4 hours, accompanying himself on guitar. That release was called THE SOUL OF A CITY BOY. A second album, YOUNG BLOOD, featured supporting musicians, including John Sebastian.
After the two solo albums, Jesse met guitarist Jerry Corbitt on the New York to Boston club circuit, and with keyboardist/guitarist Lowell "Banana" Levinger, and drummer Joe Bauer, they began to perform as The Youngbloods. Though the song GET TOGETHER appeared on their first album in 1967, they re-released it as a single in 1969, after the heartfelt refrain of "Come on people now, smile on your brother" was used as the television theme for the National Council of Christians and Jews. GET TOGETHER became a worldwide Top Ten hit, and was immediately followed into the charts by, SUNLIGHT and DARKNESS DARKNESS, both written by Jesse for the ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN release that same year.
Having established legendary status with hit singles and albums, the three remaining Youngbloods (Young, Banana and Bauer) launched their own Raccoon Records, and released four albums between 1970 and 1972; the studio recordings, GOOD & DUSTY, and HIGH ON A RIDGETOP; and two live recordings, ROCK FESTIVAL, and RIDE THE WIND.
Jesse returned to recording solo albums in 1972 and released TOGETHER, which entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. In September 1973, Jesse released what many critics claim is his solo masterpiece, SONG FOR JULI. That recording stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for nearly a year, and was followed onto the chart by LIGHT SHINE in 1974,
SONGBIRD in 1975, ON THE ROAD in 1975, and LOVE ON THE WING in 1976. Each of the aforementioned six Jesse Colin Young solo albums contained breakthrough tracks that received airplay on radio stations across America.
During the upward ride of his exploding solo career during the 1970's, Jesse also continued giving back by helping establish the "No Nukes" movement. Involved from the very beginning, Jesse closed the 1979 “No Nukes” concert and movie joined by legends Jackson Browne, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash singing The Youngblood’s anthem GET TOGETHER.
In 1978, Jesse released AMERICAN DREAMS, an album calling for political involvement, followed by THE PERFECT STRANGER in 1982 with guest stars like Carly Simon. He then returned to acoustic rock with THE HIGHWAY IS FOR HEROES in 1987. Throughout the 1980's, Jesse continued to tour as a solo artist, often appearing at fundraisers for various organizations, and sometimes performing with original Youngbloods members Jerry Corbitt and Banana (the Youngbloods’ acclaimed drummer Joe Bauer, had sadly passed away prematurely of natural causes).
In 1993, Jesse and his wife Connie, launched their own independent label, Ridgetop Music, from their mountain home in Marin County. They introduced the imprint by releasing a new Jesse Colin Young album of all original material backed by top San Francisco Bay Area musicians, called MAKIN’ IT REAL. The next release would be a very personal collection of mostly solo slack key acoustic songs, SWEPT AWAY. Just as Jesse's music enterprises were about to blast off with more adventurous recordings, a forest fire engulfed the Ridgetop property in October 1995. The family home and business was completely destroyed, and Jesse moved Connie and their two children to Hawaii with the clothes they had on their backs.
Jesse now has a new mountain home on the Big Island of Hawaii where he and his family have picked up the pieces, healing and creating new memories together. Jesse strives to recapture the state of grace that permeates his music and continues to spread his heartfelt message.
He built a new recording studio at his island home and in 2001 recorded ALOHA E, reflecting upon the events of September 11. That track eventually found its home in his 2004 album release of Hawaiian influenced music, LIVING IN PARADISE. Jesse then released the elegant acoustic, SONGS FOR CHRISTMAS, in which he revisits the Christmas carols of his childhood.
Jesse’s musical accomplishments are many, including performing with Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin in 1969; touring with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the summer of 1974; closing the NO NUKES movie in 1980; and closing the International Peace Awards in 2004. The song GET TOGETHER was heard on the FORREST GUMP soundtrack bought by 13 million people in 1994, and DARKNESS DARKNESS, written by Jesse, was the theme song for the James Cameron movie GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS in 2003. A cover of the song by Robert Plant won the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal in 2003.
Throughout his many years of recording and touring, Jesse has also taken the time to dedicate his life to giving back to the world. He has performed on behalf of organizations ranging from the “Dream Foundation” to the “Kona Pacific Waldorf School” (in which Jesse and his wife helped to build, and where they both teach music).
Always holding environmentalism as “a must” ,from the time of The Youngbloods to his current endeavors as a performer and teacher, Jesse has even used solar-powered energy for his concerts! He and his wife also grow organic Kona coffee on their farm in Hawaii. For more information about Jesse and the Young’s organic Kona coffee please visit his website
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Not shy about taking on a challenge, Lou and Keith get into the subject of drummers. Who is the better drummer. most influential, and has the bigger legacy....John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) or Neil Peart (Rush). It promises to be VERY interesting discussion to say the least. Featured Loudini Artists: Thundermother Texas Hippie Coalition Snake Head Ritual
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These hard rock chicks will blow your head off!
The quintet have toured throughout Europe, gaining fanssuch as In Flames, Zakk Wylde, Danko Jones, Opeth, Motörhead, Airbourne and many more.
They have conquered the whole of Sweden with their AC/DC influenced sound. Next step - THE WORLD!
Previous gigs include Close-Up Boat, Metaltown, Sweden Rock Festival, support act for Danko Jones and Michael Monroe to name but a few.
See you soon in a town close to you!
Crashing in at No 2 in the hard rock charts
these girls are set for No 1 soon!
Prepare to be amazed!
IT'S ROCK N ROLL AND THAT'S HOW WE LIKE IT!
"There are three great bands in the world: Bullet, Airbourne and THUNDERMOTHER.”
-Joel o´Keffe in AIRBOURNE.
"You guys are great. Love the twin guitar attack and your singer can belt it out without whisky and cigars assisting."
"When they release their debut & sell platinum, you will feel proud because you were there in the beginning."
-Johan Jacobsson, CLOSE-UP MAGAZINE.
"Good music is always good music. Pay attention to the new Rock Queens of Sweden,Thundermother. Great stuff!"
"I suggest you get this album. Ever since I got this record my wife of 28 years cannot keep her hands off me!!"
"its sounds great!! Awesome energy & good old AC/DC vibe!! yeah!!!"
- Pontus Snibb: BONAFIDE
"Cool band and a furious singer!"
"This is really good"
"I'm a fan"
-Fredrik Åkesson, OPETH
"Wow, the action!!"
”Fuck they really play loud!”
-Ralf Gyllenhammar, MUSTASCH
Thundermother started the summer 2010 in Växjö when the guitarist and southern swede Filippa Nässil wanted to play Rock'N'Roll. So with dreams and visions along with the song "Shoot to Kill" humming in her head she started Thundermother. She moved to Stockholm to pursue her dream.
She found her first partner in crime Giorgia Carteri in Stockholm who also followed her own dreams of playing music, coming all the way from Italy, though nowadays she's identified as one of the southern stockholm fellas.
After numerous ordeals with other musicians they have finally found the right group of people with right motives and Rock'N'Roll in their heart. Tilda Stenqvist on drums from Karlstad, Linda Ström from the Smålander woods and Clare Cunningham born and raised on Ireland, nowadays living in Stockholm.
They're having fun and it's noticeable on-stage. Pure enjoyment and Rock'N'Roll deep from their bones. Hardrock-girls from around the world now united to do one sole thing, to play together and travel on the roads.
Thundermother has been playing the Close-Up boat with Turbonegro and Candlemass, they were the opening act for Danko Jones on his Swedish Tour, they were the openers for Metaltown on the Blood Stage in the presence of thousands of people before Clutch and Graveyard, they had played with bands like Bonafide, The Scams & many many others. Thundermother did it themselves the hard way. Without a record they filled pubs and clubs to the brim and played at Sweden Rock Festival and will continue to tour! ROCK N ROLL IS ALIVE!
Texas Hippie Coalition
Texas Hippie Coalition are the purveyors of their own patented Red Dirt Metal sound: designing their own line in life and in music. For them, there is no other way. Texas Hippie Coalition are committed to crafting a unique, original and thoroughly raucous brand of music that’s born of both life experience and a respect for rock ‘n’ roll’s forefathers.
What exactly is Red Dirt Metal? Take outlaw country, toss in a dash of Southern-fried classic rock and mix it with some potent Texas power grooves and you’ve got a combustible sonic cocktail on your hands. Texas Hippie Coalition’s third album Peacemaker is a textbook example of Red Dirt Metal, which is the sound the band has been honing and cultivating for its entire existence.
Snake Head Ritual
Snake Head Ritual made it's start in 2012. The early Original line-up was Kevin Chez - Vocals, Bill McCullough - Guitars, Chris Graham - Bass, Matt Vogel - Guitars, and Bill Morelli -Drums. But at the end of 2012, Matt Vogel & Bill Morelli left for musical differences. The band stayed focused, however, and quickly acquired the services of Josh Laforge - Drums & John "Special K" Keller - Guitars. The band wrote songs and rehearsed with a fury, and by early 2013 was ready to record and play live. The band was offered to play on a local radio program called The Mancave with host Jeff Lamb on 104.7 FM on Saturday evenings. Jeff, who video taped the performances of every show, put up a copy of the two songs performed that evening on Youtube. The rest, as they say, is History. A friend of our record label, who hails from Canada, saw our video's, (from that evening), and was impressed with the songs enough to mention to our current Label President, Joe Romagnola, that he needed to check us out. Joe agreed with our Canadian connection, (Teeder), that he liked the tunes as well, and e-mailed us an offer to sign a recording contract with his label; (Grooveyard Records). We accepted, and went into Loft Studios, in Saline, Michigan, in late June of 2013, to record our self-titled debut record, (Snake Head Ritual). The album was released in September of that same year, with much anticipation by Joes worldwide fanbase. The album has taken off in Spain and Germany, as well as, The UK and Russia. Although we have been ripped blind, the album has seen over 800,000 downloads and counting, and has been doing well on UK radio. Just this past Spring, we received 10,000 votes in a radio contest that we didn't even know we were in. Radio host, (Jamie McDonald) e-mailed us the good news as soon as a tally of the numbers were official. But before I get to far ahead, let's get back to the bands history. (Josh Laforge - Drums), would leave the group in late October of 2013 for personal reasons. And in November, our Bassist, (Chris Graham), was diagnosed with Cancer, and began the fight of his life. It was around this time that we ran into an old friend of ours, who played Drums, and was interested in getting back into a band situation again. That Drummer was a man named Brian Fedor. With Brian, and the aid of a good friend and fellow Musician/Bassist, (Mahlon Orrin), we were able to move forward and play some key shows, as well as,write new material for our next record. By late 2014 Chris had beat his Cancer and returned back to the band, rested, and ready to work. However, around this same time frame, the band would suffer another departure. For personal, and health reasons, John "Special K" Keller had to, unfortunately, leave the group. The very end of the year would see, original Guitarist - (Matt Vogel), returning back to the band. The months in between December 2014 and February 2015 would find the band rehearsing hard, and getting back in shape to play live shows again . Since the release of the debut, in September of 2013, the band has seen many successes with the record, as far as sales worldwide, and general interest in the group. Not bad for a band that has suffered many rough patches since its conception. In February of 2015 the band was reviewed by Classic Rock Magazine, (UK), to what would be considered as a very desirable rating, collecting 8 out of a possible 10 points, or stars, or whatever you want to call it, and has been written up as a Rock n Roll force to be reckoned with. One would like to think that we are finally past unfortunate events, but in March of 2015, one more change was to take place. Drummer, Brian Fedor, and the rest of the Snake Head Ritual camp, decided to part ways due to musical differences. The band would like you all to welcome new Drummer - (and hopefully the last member change for a long, long, time) LOL!, - Tim Swartz. Tim is a very skilled musician, with an exceptional drumming ability, and brings a power to our band that we have not had in a long time. Because of his abilities and skills, only being in the band now for a short time, we are already able to play full shows, and are feverishly working on material for the new record. Plans to return to studio in August are being discussed currently, and our Summer schedule is brief, but steady. July of 2015 finds us playing with, quick rising National acts, (Crobot, Mothership, and Wilson), and in August we've been asked to jam at, Rowland,Pennsylvania's 17th Annual Wheeliefest. This festval has had it's stage graced by many National acts over the years and has combined those acts with many, exceptional, indie label talents too. We also look forward to packing in the clubs in our surrounding areas of Ohio and Michigan. The support of small towns has been overwhelming for us lately and it's full steam ahead now. Snake Head Ritual has over 30 years of Musical experience, and as a collective, have opened up the Big Stage for numerous National and Regional acts. We are looking forward to the rest of 2015, and beyond, to be a great time period for our band. SHR prides itself on the live experience. So with nothing more to say for now, We'll see ya at the clubs! Keep The Rock Alive! SHR - 2015/2016
Friday, March 24, 2017
It’s not often that an artist’s life is saved by a band 8,000 miles away, but that is exactly what happened to Cam Bird, who, on the precipice of taking his life, put on a track by Metallica.
At that moment, Australian recording artist, Cam Bird, realised that his life was too precious to let go of, and is now on a mission to use the power of music to change the lives of others.
Homeless and armed with only a suitcase and a guitar, Cam realised that if James Hetfield’s lyrics could change his life in an instant, he now understood the power of his own gift and passion for music. It was time to pay it forward.
After a series of experiences with bands, Cam’s music career took off. With an army of fans, he found himself touring Japan with his heavy metal group, not realising that his destiny lay as a solo Rock artist. With a broad range of influences including Dave Grohl and Sting, he was surprised to be recently called the “Keith Urban of Rock” by a number of his passionate fan base, many of whom are 8,000 miles away.
For three years, Cam has been working towards this moment, with an album recorded, he can no longer contain his music within his own continent, especially since everyone present in the studio knew something special was happening. His passion-heavy music has been likened to everyone from Nirvana to Metallica to Tool.
“I wouldn’t call my music heavy metal like before. It’s softer, more pliable. I guess you could call it aluminium if you want to play on the metal thing! Its rock; more accessible to masses, but still hard-hitting and intense.”
“I’ve been through lots of bands and written hundreds of songs over my career but going solo just felt right. There was a deep calling inside that I had to do this. The right people came in and it just naturally flowed together. It was just awesome.”
The next stop of his career will take him on that long plane journey. The States is already calling him as his social media presence continues to explode.
“It’s the messages I receive from people about how it’s impacting them. I’ve haven't met these people yet, but I already feel hugely connected to them. It’s all I ever wanted to do - was connect deeply and emotionally with people through the power of music. If I can change one person’s life in the same way music changed mine, I’d experience a tremendous sense of legacy knowing that I carried the flame forward.”
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
"The present age is one of understanding, of reflection, devoid of passion, an age which flies into enthusiasm for a moment only to decline back into indolence.
Not even a suicide does away with himself out of desperation, he considers the act so long and so deliberately, that he kills himself with thinking -- one could barely call it suicide since it is thinking which takes his life. He does not kill himself with deliberation but rather kills himself because of deliberation. Therefore, one can not really prosecute this generation, for its art, its understanding, its virtuosity and good sense lies in reaching a judgment or a decision, not in taking action.
...Action and passion is as absent in the present age as peril is absent from swimming in shallow waters. . . ."
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Mike Thomas Marino, a Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist. Insightful, Subtle and Explosive, his vintage brand Americana Rock drawls inspiration from the days growing up on a small South Jersey farm. His fire and intensity fueled by the constant erosion of the American Heartland.
Influenced initially by the British Invasion & finally full circle finding his feet firmly planted in the roots of American Blues, Folk & the Bakersfield Country Influenced West Coast Sound...
Nostalgia is a thrust to relive or, once again feel a fleeting happiness spurred on by a time or place in one's life. For Americana Singer-Songwriter Mike T. Marino, processing nostalgia has been a way to make sense of the world both externally, epitomized by the drastically changing American landscape, and internally, in terms of longing for a feeling of warmth and belonging that slipped through his fingers as a child.
Mike Marino & his RestlessSoul's previous album "Out of the Darkness" was a career milestone of darkly cathartic Americana that would eerily foretell tragedy in his personal life. Thankfully, he emerged wiser from the time with some fire in his belly. His latest album, Tomorrow's Yesterday, is a masterful collection of heartland rock with an in-the-moment immediacy.
"It's sort of ironic." the South-Jersey based artist laughs wearily. "My last album was about coming out of the darkness, but after releasing it, I plunged into it. I went through life-changing events that shook me to my core. "Tomorrow's Yesterday means today, and that's what I live for."
Though musically influenced initially by the British Invasion, Mike's songwriting roots are firmly planted in the American Heartland. His journey through the roots of American music started with his love of the Blues and then migrated into the Folk/Country Influenced Rock of the California West Coast Sound.
Mike has currently released four acclaimed albums of roots rock that alchemize the optimum balance of folk, blues, and alt-country. His works shifts between literal and metaphorical perspectives as it chronicles the American countryside getting paved over by the modern industrial complex. Mike's music furthers the compassionately critical American dialogue pioneered by artists such as The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Flying Burrito Brothers, CSN&Y, The Eagles, and The Band.
Previous entries in his catalog have been praised by National Reviewer Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck and the esteemed UK publication Blues Matters. He's been the featured artist pick on Philly's WXPN 88.5FM, received the ASCAP Plus Emerging Artist Award for extended plays, and placed as a Semi-Finalist in both the Great American Songwriting Contest and the Dallas Songwriting Competition. His song "Edge of Dawn" won a contract with the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) to be used on a episode of the acclaimed series Revision Quest. Also, his song "Twenty too Late" (A Tribute to Stephen Stills & the Folk Rock migration from Greenwich Village to the Sunset Strip) was included on Volume 38 of The Acoustic Rainbow (Poetman Records Publishing) alongside such artists as Judy Collins, Stephan Stills and Vince Gill among others.
Mike spent his formative years growing up on a small South Jersey farm. The quaintness of the community, and the purity of the environs made an indelible impact on him as a person and as an artist. "I was born a Shadow Boomer in 1962, on the cusp of two worlds, the progressive 1960s and the farm life that predated that. I watched a lot of that life erode away over the years," he shares..
Tomorrow's Yesterday conjures the cool pastoral musings of singer-songwriters like Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty, and recent releases by Bob Dylan. Throughout the album there is a paternal beauty to Mike's vocals, his melodies are sweet and sage, and each vulnerable lyric feels hard fought.
The 12-track album opens with the longing tones of a lonesome pedal steel. The track is "Sarah - Don't Leave Me," and it's a dreamy folk-rock song mirroring the pretagonist's search and desire to find solid emotional ground. Mike addresses the literal and metaphorical fallout from the erosion of that bucolic American visage on the rustic and reflective "My Old Town" and on "No Stone Unturned." On the latter track he addresses this loss of innocence from a place of agency, with a brawny dose of moody, bluesy rock n' roll.
The album concludes with the graceful "Lonely Road." There is a melancholy quality that permeates this ballad, but the lyrics point to the dawn after the night. "It sounds lonely & sad, but it's about being on that holy ground on the other side of bad times. There is a positive message there, you just have to listen closely," he assures.
Tomorrow's Yesterday was tracked at Forge Recording with Mike sharing production duties with Ron DiSilvestro. It features a handpicked selection of all-star players such as Nashville greats Jimmy Heffernan and Danny Eyer, along with Carlo Dalessandro, and nationally-recognized bluesman Mike Dugan from Mike Dugan & the Blues Mission. Grammy winner Phil Nicolo (Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Hooters) mixed the album, and multi-Grammy winner Richard Dodd (George Harrison, The Traveling Wilburys, Tom Petty, The Jayhawks) mastered it.
Tomorrow's Yesterday represents Mike's triumphant recovery from a life-threatening illness that ate away at his body, mind, and soul. Through it all, his family stood by him, and his father, who passed away during this time, was a source of strength and encouragement. "I kept his picture in the studio because I wanted to finish it for him, and, in the end, I dedicated this album to him," Mike shares. "Making it made me more positive. It forced me to reach deeper into my soul."
By Lorne Behrman
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Lou and Keith discuss and debate who was the better blues rock band. In one corner we have the bombastic British Led Zeppelin, and in the other corner the American bad boys of heavy blues riffage. Who rocked harder, partied more, and had the most wild sexy times on the road? You don't want to miss this podcast! Featured Loudini Artists: Stone Machine Stitched Up Heart Winery Dogs
Dirk Blevins- Lead Guitar
Jamie Hall- Bass/Backing Vocals
Jeremy Hall- Drums
Brand new Classic rock in the vein of Free and Bad Company.
Stitched Up Heart
That something is the essence of Stitched Up Heart - a band built around the strength that comes from realizing we are the only ones that control our lives, and focused on the hope that reminds us there is always light at the end of the darkest tunnel. It's something heavy and powerful, jarring the album's epic closing track "I Can't Breathe" from a piano-paced ballad that would do Lady Gaga proud, to a metallic onslaught of drop-tuned guitars that is sure to see the band sharing a stage with the hardest of their hard rock peers. And it is something undeniable, Mixi's voice taking flight amidst anthems of self-awareness that bridge the unrelenting confidence of In This Moment's Maria Brink and the soulful transcendence of Adele.
"When I formed this band I was depressed and going through heartbreak. The name is supposed to give people strength and courage," professes the frontwoman in a warm and certain tone. "We all go through things that make us think we can't go further but, especially when times are bad, I want people to see that time will pass and it will get better. The hopeful lyrics on this record are on purpose - I've been living in the dark for too long, it's time to come into the light. You need to pick yourself up because nobody is going to do that for you. There are some sick people out there, but there is beauty in everyone - and you need to love yourself before you can stitch that heart back up."
"Finally Free" thrust the band into the national spotlight in early 2016, exorcising its demons and riding breakthrough success on SiriusXM Octane into the Top 20 at Active Rock radio. "That song is sentimental to me, it's an eye opener because it's when I realized that there was a light at the end of the tunnel and that life is really beautiful," she offers. But the demon returns on "Monster," a blitzkrieg of stabbing guitars and shrill effects that opens with Mixi declaring, "Now don't you make me, make me go crazy..." We're all a little crazy, but Mixi felt a little more possessed as usual when the band penned the monster track.
"The studio where we wrote 'Monster' was a pretty creepy place," she details, "A black cat gave birth to two albino cats there, there were spell books on the shelves, it had a crazy energy and I almost felt possessed, the words coming through and speaking through me... It might have also been that I was drinking a lot of Monster Energy Drink that day, but it felt like a beast came out!"
From the bombastic, dark and seedy tribute to their Los Angeles home that is "City of Angels," into the great beyond via the cinematic super nova that is "Event Horizon" - the metaphoric closing of one door and the opening of a new chapter - the debut album oozes with a voice as powerful as the music, and music as compelling as the voice it carries. "Everyone has felt like they don't have anybody, I want to reach out to anyone feeling that way and let them know that they aren't alone," says Mixi of Never Alone.
Whether we're ducking and dodging life's often cruel barrage, embracing a moment of calm at the center of a storm, or simply looking for the strength to make it through the day, Stitched Up Heart have delivered the soundtrack for a life worth living... Turn it up, because we are never alone.
It would be easy to call The Winery Dogs a supergroup: Vocalist and guitarist Richie Kotzen made his mark with Poison and Mr. Big, bassist Billy Sheehan has been rocking for decades with Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and others, and drummer Mike Portnoy was the co-founder of progressive metal superstars Dream Theater. But The Winery Dogs are so much more than a supergroup.
Supergroups are usually short-lived entities composed of gifted players that jam out for little while and then quickly record with the hopes of catching lightning in a bottle. Moreover, they're often the sum of their collective parts. That's certainly not the case with The Winery Dogs, a cohesive, well-rounded classic-sounding trio with blazing songs that defy expectation. The group’s self-titled debut is filled with straightforward rock and roll inspired by some of their favorite bands, and their music transcends any of the styles they're best known for.
“We all have our own distinct voicings and styles, but we also have a common ground of music we grew up listening to,” explains vocalist and guitarist Richie Kotzen. “What makes the band so special is that somehow, in our collaboration, none of us lost our identity. We all sound like who we are yet we make music that is fresh and exciting and sounds like a new band. There’s a natural chemistry that came together; it’s one of those things that’s meant to be.”
“I like the fact that everybody comes from a different background, though there are similarities to them,” adds Sheehan. “We have is a real special bond that wouldn’t happen if we were all into exactly the same things. We brought disparate elements together and made them into a unified band.”
The proof is in the brew: The Winery Dogs is an eclectic, fully realized album of songs that groove and swing without sacrificing any of the grit that makes great hard rock so inspiring. “Elevate” starts with a bang, as slamming drums and a visceral riff mesh into a rhythm of sheer power. Then the gifted musicians end the stanza in a flurry of precision playing before dropping down to a bass drum thump and sustained guitar feedback over which Kotzen sings, “Lost in the dark, I feel like a shadow of myself.” Then the band kicks back into overdrive and the song repeats its tension and release until it reaches the euphoric chorus, “Elevate me, take me higher I don’t want to be wasted.”
The push-pull dynamic illustrates how The Winery Dogs toy with established styles and turn them into something special, complete with Sheehan’s acrobatic bass fills and Kotzen’s rapidfire solos, which help The Winery Dogs blend in a way that’s both instantly recognizable and utterly individual.
“Desire” is slinkier and more sensual, starting with a lone staccato guitar, but rapidly morphing into a something more infectious than teenage mono, wah-wah guitars pumping along with throbbing bass rhythms and a sturdy backbeat. Before the song is over, The Winery Dogs have engaged in a full-scale workout of funk-inflected and blues-embellished hard rock, capped with the vocal “I don’t think that I can let go.”
“When we were writing, we’d get together and play and everything was really natural and automatic and fell together in a really cool way,” Sheehan says. “Some of the jams we did on the record are pretty spontaneous. We’d launch into them and let nature its course. Honestly, the hardest thing was deciding which songs were our favorites. We’d finish something and be totally happy with it. And then we’d do the next song and go, ‘No, man, that’s our new favorite!’ It was a rare and beautiful thing. Sometimes birth is hard labor, but these songs just popped out.”
Maybe The Winery Dogs sounds so great because, more than anything, the album is a labor of love written from the heart and revealing unexpected shades of melodic eclecticism and lyrical vulnerability. Kotzen's vocals have never sounded better and his guitar playing is extraordinary. Anchored by Sheehan's expert bass lines, which root the songs and provide a lock-and-step foundation for Portnoy to play around, the band creates music that see-saws between primal simplicity and time-honored virtuosity.
“It’s very exciting for me to be in a solid rock trio,” Portnoy says. “Stylistically, the bulk of my career has been spent playing progressive music, so this was an opportunity for me to do something that wasn’t prog or metal. It’s more classic rock and, at the end of the day that’s what I grew up with and that’s the biggest influence in my life. I’m just at home playing on a small four piece kit doing a simple John Bonham groove as I am playing complex tempos on a giant kit. And that’s been a great breath of fresh air for me.”
The seeds of The Winery Dogs were planted in 2011 when Sheehan and Portnoy were working on music together with a different guitarist and songwriter. When that didn’t gel, a mutual friend, “That Metal Show” host and consummate music fan, Eddie Trunk, suggested they contact Kotzen and see if he was interested in forming a band. “We all thought that was a brilliant idea,” Portnoy says. “We were looking for that super gifted guitar player, singer and songwriter -- and that’s Richie.”
The musicians got together in Kotzen’s rehearsal studio in January 2012 and the first day they jammed, they wrote three songs, including the album tracks “One More Time,” and “Six Feet Deeper.” A month later, they reconvened and wrote five more tunes. From there, it was just a matter of fulfilling other musical obligations before they could get together and start recording the album. “At that point we were all gung-ho into it,” Portnoy says. “That summer we got together and we began recording in August 2012. That’s when the bulk of the recording was done as well as the writing of the remaining six tracks. We reconvened in December to finish the vocals and the last touches of overdubbing and mixed it in January 2013.”
While many of the tracks on The Winery Dogs were written from beginning to end in the studio, others came out of song skeletons Kotzen had already written. “I had some material lurking on a hard drive, and I played that for the guys and they connected with those and helped me develop them into complete songs. Then there was one, ‘You Saved Me,’ that Mike had some lyrical and melodic ideas for and he ended up writing that. So the process was totally collaborative, no matter who made the first step. There were no egos involved.”
The Winery Dogs is fueled by passion and talent, and also abounds with diversity. “Damaged” rings with jazzy guitar chords and yearning vocals, retaining intensity without being ultra-heavy; “I’m No Angel” is a mid-tempo burner propelled by a bluesy riff that’s part Hendrix, part Zeppelin, while “Regret” is a heartfelt ballad replete with layered organ and piano that weave through soulful vocals, emotive guitars and a shuffling beat born of The Stones by way of Philly soul. “Growing up outside Philadelphia, I listened to a lot of soul music and as a singer that really influenced my delivery,” Kotzen says. “I think it fits the kind of music we do. They’re not typical hard rock vocals, but they’re still powerful.”
In September, The Winery Dogs will travel to Europe for a warm-up tour, then they’ll return to the U.S. to embrace crowds with their passion, energy, enthusiasm and undeniable talent. For Portnoy, much of the excitement lies in the uniquely chemical bond the three musicians have created. “This is a band in the true sense of the word,” he emphasizes. “It’s all about collaborating on every level, from the writing to the production, and that’s what makes it more than a ‘project.’ We were in the same room making music together. It wasn’t one of those ‘done by email’ kind of albums.”
From the uptempo blues-punk rhythms and flailing lead guitars of “The Other Side” to the space-warped doom of “Time Machine,” to the boogie blues riffage of “One More Time,” The Winery Dogs conjure the best aspects of sixties and seventies rock with a modern flair. Equally experimental and infectious, their album is a milestone in a hard rock genre saturated with cookie-cutter bands afraid to stray beyond their proven formula.